It’s that time of the year

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Students from the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy’s Primary and Elementary classes finish their portions of the program by singing Christmas classics from around the world.
Southern Ute Chairman Christine Sage gives opening remarks before the dinner by thanking everyone in attendance and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Sky Ute Casino and Event Center.
Keyion Alston, who plays the Coyote in the Ute creation story play, gives a mischievous smile to the audience as he prepares to steal the sticks, symbolizing people.
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
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Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Northern Ute families came together to celebrate the Christmas season on Saturday Dec. 14 at the Sky Ute Casino Event Center. Guests were treated to a meal and a recurring raffle hosted by the Southern Ute Cultural Department. Entertainment and Christmas music was provided by Eddie Box Jr. to get everyone into the holiday spirit. After the dinner and subsequent break, the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy gave a performance of the traditional Ute creation story and finished with classic Christmas tunes. Santa made a surprise visit and asked children what they wanted for Christmas, marking a close to this year’s program.

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